Watford Health Campus scheme hits another important milestone
Watford Health Campus partners were pleased to receive the final go ahead for their plans for the 26 hectare site following news that the S106 agreement for the scheme has been approved and signed.
Although members of Watford Borough Council’s planning committee approved the plans in principle last year, this was subject to the Health Campus partners agreeing a S106 agreement with a number of organisations, including Hertfordshire County Council.
The agreement includes a financial contribution that guarantees funding for a range of important facilities and services both within the site and around the local area. For Watford Health Campus, the money will go towards education provision, new and better bus services, local traffic calming, road improvement and junction works.
The agreement also requires the partners to set out their plans for achieving 35% affordable housing, managing car parking across the Health Campus site and further reducing the risk of flooding by removing structures within the River Colne. These river improvements are in addition to the other work that will be done on site as part of the construction of the new road, which by opening up existing culverts, will take the majority of the site out of the existing flood plain
Commenting on this recent milestone, Dorothy Thornhill, Elected Mayor of Watford said: ‘S106 funding is vitally important to any development but particularly so for schemes like Watford Health Campus where our ambition is to create a high quality, attractive community with all the features people expect in a great place to live.
“It is also a sign of the partners’ commitment to the Health Campus just how quickly the S106 agreement was drawn up and agreed. In some cases it can take years but this was done in 3 months. This is clear signal that things are really progressing and we will now start to see the plans come to life.”